Abu Dhabi witnessed a 16% rise in the number of hotel guests last month compared to the same period in 2009. Some 137,714 visitors stayed in the emirate with the numbers of nights totalling 376,439, a 24% increase from last year. The figures, just released by Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority (ADTA), make July the ninth consecutive month of double-digit guests growth for the emirate with, for the first time, international market growth of 29% outstripping domestic growth, which turned in a 4% increase. Additional room capacity continued to drive down overall occupancy levels which are 13% lower than July 2009 with average room rates down by 23%. Hotel apartments achieved a healthier 72% occupancy rate against their hotel counterparts which managed 54%.